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economy. and correspondent steve brown kicks off our coverage tonight. >> and on thanksgiving thursday to be first in the doors at midnight on plaque friday. >> and the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season. >> we have our route. >> and toys "r" us, target, home goods. >> kohl's, breakfast. >> black friday is definitely the kickoff to the playoffs for us, if you think of it as a sporting event and it's a big day, we always want to come out really showing our guests what we have here and have a great start to the playoffs, yeah. >> and with retail sales a huge factor in the not steady u.s. economy, the shopping is encouraging. >> we expect sales to rise 4% this year, a little lower than last year, but you know, we think we really believe that consumers are feeling a lot more confident this year. >>, but for all the folks battling the black friday crowds, do they get the best prices. >> sometimes i think you can get a better deal other times, black friday is kind after gimmicky things. up to a third of the door busters items today were cheaper earlier in the year and as far as
that could very well damage the economy. but the air of compromise among some notable republicans is definitely grabbing attention. the republicans' comments quickly caught fire. >> i will violate the pledge, long story short, for the good of the country, only if democrats will do entitlement reform. >> a pledge you signed 20 years ago, 18 years ago is for that congress. the world has changed and the economic situation is different. >> i'm not obligated on the pledge. i made tennesseans aware, i was just elected, that the only thing i'm monitoring is the oath that i take when i serve when i'm sworn in this january. >> reporter: gop lawmakers bluntly stating to alert the fiscal cliff, they're ready to break from grover norquist and the pledge he's got most republicans to sign to never raise taxes. norquist waste nod time hitting back on cnn's s"starting point" >> it doesn't pass the laugh test. if you want to go to your voters and say, i promised you this and i'm breaking that problem, you can have that conversation with them. but you don't have an argument with me. you've made a c
return to a normal economy that returns about 18.5%, that would increase revenue an additional over $400 billion per year, that's $750 billion of revenue per year through economic growth. and the president, his proposal would raise 1/10 of that but would put at risk the economic growth and that $750 billion. so -- >> sir, with all due respect, though -- >> counterproductive. >> that's an answer to the question. there's nothing you see over the next 35 days that would have you break that pledge with grover norquist? >> no, because raising taxes harms the economic growth. you get ten times the revenue by economic growth rather than punishing success. and, again, all of us are saying president obama, show us your plan for restraining the size of government, that's the main problem. again, his revenue proposal would raise $68 billion when we have over $1 trillion worth of deficit. where's the other $1 trillion in his balance plan? mr. president, show us your plan. >> sir, one thing, mitch mcconnell has said that revenue is on the table as long as entitlements would be on the table. conductin
disagreed. you are not going to grow the economy if you raise tax rates on the top two rates. it will hurt small business. it will hurt our economy. that is why this is not the right approach. >> now the guy at the center of the tax storm, oklahoma republican congressman, congressman, he singled you out for calling you out. how do you feel about that? >> i like the speaker. we have a great relationship and we are able to talking directly and honestly with each other and i have no problem with it. i would expect him to express his opinion as he would expect me to express mine. >>neil: he is saying you are precaving. >>guest: that is nonsense. the reality is, tax rates go up for every american on december 31st. if we can make sure that doesn't happen for 98 percent of them and continue to fight for the other 2 percent, that makes a lot of sense and the american people will listen to us in that discussion if they know their taxes aren't going up. we will win the argument. i do believe most people understand raising tax rates is bad for the economy, it costs jobs, it actually in the long term
. we'll invent it in america and then become a service-based economy. well, here we are, and these new service sector jobs aren't paying off, literally. right now a job in the leisure and hospitality sector averages $13 an hour. that's $27,000 a year, if you work full-time. retail, not much better. average hourly rate, about $16 an hour. this is the average. it takes into account everyone from the store manager to the stock boy. let me show you one tier higher, manufacturing. bringing in almost $24 an hour on average. that's a solid $50,000 a year. that's also the median income for u.s. households. education and health services, these are important jobs for society. workers there earn an average of $24.28 an hour and also around 50 grand a year. again, if you work fulltime. then there's the very top. those are highly educated, highly skilled and highly motivated. census data show the top 20% making six figures, pulling in almost half of the income in the u.s. for this american recovery to work we need to have a middle, a big, prosperous happy middle. don't you think? it has defined gen
that would avoid that potentially devastating fiscal cliff that is looming over the u.s. economy right now. the president is meeting with small business owners at the white house today. he had a series of meetings with different business leaders over the last week. despite the warnings that the talks are stalling on capitol hill stuart varney joins me now, host of "varney & company" on fox business network. >> good morning, martha. bill:. martha: what are you hearing how this is going? >> it is impasse basically. the republicans said yesterday they accommodated the democrats they will agree to get more money from wealthy people from higher taxes but mitch mcconnell, senate republican leader, he says there has been no similar compromise from the democrats or the president. he says they are still holding out for higher tax rates on the rich and he says the radical left is prescenting the democrats and president and agreeing to serious reform from medicare. martha, i have to tell you. i got new numbers from medicare, from trustees, actually. medicare has to pay out in the future $42 trillion.
is getting his economy back on track and to do that he needs the help of the international community and the united states. so he's got to carefully try to balance these two issues. i think he recognizes that a conflict along, you know, egypt's border with israel is not in egypt's interest any more than it's in israel's interests. so -- but these are people who have long been in opposition and they're having to learn to balance these political calculations as they go forward. >> right. and there's no rest after election day when you're the active president. p.j. will stay with us as we turn to another discussion right on point with president obama's foreign policy team. many republicans are attacking ambassador susan rice, a top candidate to replace secretary of state clinton. the senate has spiked some key nominations from president obama before, from elizabeth warren to nobel peace prize winner peter diamond. there is one number that suggests obama is likely to win this battle. we will look at the math after the break on "now." so you say men are superior drivers? yeah. then how'd
taxes which we think would be harmful to the economy. and if you look at how much revenue that raises, $68 billion next year, that funds a government for less than a week. and it does potential significant harm to the economy and raises taxes on the very people we are asking to go out and create jobs. >> dick durbin says when you're talking about entitlement reform or cuts in spending for medicare, medicaid for example, he says that's too complicated now. listen to what he said this morning. >> when it comes to medicare, we know that it's going to run out of money in 12 years. whatever changes we want to make should be thoughtful changes not made in the heat of the fiscal cliff. >> can you defer medicare for example -- medicare reform until after you get a deal on the fiscal cliff? >> well, if we do that, wolf, i think what you have to do is also defer the issue of taxes. i think you extend tax rates some time into the foreseeable future whether that's six months or a year and allow us to go through the process where we can deal with entitlement reform and tax reform in regular order.
saying this fiscal cliff is bad for the economy. let's work together now. president obama says no than thanks. this killed me. nothing changed since december of 2010. president obama talked about losing in the midterms and said the worst thing we can do is high inemployment and slow economic growth is raise taxes on anybody so support me in extension of the bush tax cu cuts. nothing has changed about the economy now but the economic growth projections are worse. this is not a great way to make good policy. >> kimberly: that is their campaign slogan. they don't make concessions. they have to do something serious about cutting back on spending. coming back in with the entitlement. without that, it won't make a difference if they raise taxe taxes. taking out the bush tax cuts won'tbe make it go away. >> eric: the food stamp recipients. the latest number. $47 million. more than alabama, connecticut, delaware. minnesota, nebraska. nevada. new hampshire. new mexico. north dakota, oklahoma, oregon, rhode island, south dakota, utah, vermont, west virginia and wyoming combined. populations of t
the fiscal cliff? >> everybody agrees. >> going over the fiscal cliff will hurt our economy and will hurt job creation in our country. >>er -- every family in america will see their taxes automatically go up at the beginning of next year. >> shepard: so how to avoid that. >> the president and congress will either fail together or we will succeed together. >> there has to be a deal. there has to be an agreement. >> and if they can't come up with a compromise, we are all going to pay the price. plus, they are some of the biggest names in baseball. bonds, clemens, sosa. all three tainted by accusations they used performance enhancing drugs. but should that keep them from cooper's town? tonight, the great debate over baseball's hall of fame ballot but first from fox this wednesday night, the president hopes who have the framework of a deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff by christmas. president obama says he would like congress to pass a bill even sooner to extend tax cuts for the middle class families. and he invited some of those middle class americans to the white house today to help make
economy by shopping at locally owned stores. the movement is in its third year. and it is growing. according to a new survey 67% of shopper who's know about small business saturday plan to take part in it. that's up 44% from last year. dave, i know this has made you very sad. hollywood is mourning the loss of larry hagman. >> j.r. >> wait a minute. it's your style j.r., my wife and the man who put cliff barnes in office. >> you have got plenty of trouble before y'all got married. i don't understand why you think she has changed. >> hey. stop. knock it off. >> classic. >> legend. >> hagman best known for his role of course as the villain j.r. ewing on his star with dallas. lost his battle with cancer dallas hospital. linda gray had this to say on the star's passing. larry hagman was my best friend for 35 years. he brought joy to everyone he knew. i will miss him enor muresly. >> she was at his side. >> he he was apparently surrounded by family and friends. >> hagman was the son of mary martin. he was also known for his role as major tony nelson in i dream of jeanne, of course, he w
. >> grow this economy and engage in tax reform. >> simplify the code. >> ywhen you get divorced, thats what happens. ♪ >> welcome back after the thanksgiving holiday and all eyes are on the fast approaching fiscal cliff with republicans possibly maybe looking to make a deal. with the deadline now just 36 days away, some top republicans suggest they could, shock, horror, break with their sacred pledge to grover norquist. >> i'm not obligated on the pledge i made tennesseans aware is just elected that the only thing i'm honoring is the oath that i take when i serve when i'm sworn in this january. >> there's a lot that has been said about this pledge, and i will tell you when i go to the constituents that have elected -- re-elected me, it is not about that pledge. it really is about trying to solve problems. >> when you're $16 trillion in debt, the only pledge we should be making to each other is to avoid becoming greece, but i will violate the pledge, long story short, for the good of the country only if democrats will do entitlement reform. >> sounds great, doesn't it? only one problem, th
serious consequences for the entire economy. a lot of details here and they are coming up inside fox report. well, just hours remain in what is expected to be the biggest online shopping day ever. the research firm core score predicts americans will spend $1.5 billion online today alone this cyber monday. that's up 20% from last year. the national retail federation reports the average holiday shopper spent $423 this weekend in stores and online. total spending an estimated $59 billion. cheryl casone live from the fox business network with us tonight. cheryl, that's a big shot in the army for the economy. isn't it? >> it certainly is, shepard. we are seeing an allot of interest in online shopping today. initial numbers into fox business about how many people are out there spending this, today cyber monday. this is going to be already the biggest cyber monday ever when it comes to sales or revenues for the nation's he biggest retailers. number one amazon.com. number two wal-mart. 122 million people shopping today on web sites with the estimate looks like at this point we are going to b
to see the economy plummet and then say we tried and we have to give in on that. that's an awfully dangerous game to play. >> that's sad. >> dana, we have word that mitt romney is going to the white house tomorrow. oh, to be a fly on the wall over there. what do you expect that meeting to sound like? >> awkward. >> is this for show? because obama basically said that he would or do you really expect this to be a meeting of the minds and actual sort of agenda to come out of it? >> yeah. well, the white house announcement is terrific. it said it's a private meeting in the private dining room and no press. >> right. >> very clear that they won't want anything to come out of it. i suspect it will be one of those photo releases of them strolling down the colonnade or something looking like good friends. >> that's what i thought. >> this is a requirement. they agreed to do it. neither one particularly likes the other. obama, you know, in his press conference said he likes the way mitt romney ran the olympics. perhaps asking him to do something in the sporting field. >> maybe he'll give hi
travel is still popular even though the economy is sluggish. in terms of the tickets themselves yes they are up from earlier this month. if you're afraid of the big jumps we are still a holiday away from that. have a listen. >> over thanksgiving prices were relatively flat compared to thanksgiving 2011. where we do see a little bit of a jump is when we get to christmas. we see airfare prices 8% higher than we saw last christmas. >> maybe it's a big headache for folks that are traveling today is the number of canceled and delayed flights because of fog in the chicago area. it really impaired midway and owe hair. it's a domino system. a lot of the regional flights, everything you see up here in yellow is at least delayed. a lot of the canceled flights are from the midwest, springfield, missouri, and other points in the midwest. make sure you check with your airline if you're traveling today. heather: that is a lot of yellow on the screen. folks were waiving to you in the line, they didn't look some aggravated. hatch of the thanksgiving travelers will go by car instead. what is the imp
and it is going to take all of us working together because it would damage this economy if we have this kind of huge tax increase. but our democratic colleagues, all they want to talk about is, more taxes, more taxes, more revenue. they will not telling us where the money is going? they're not assuring that the money will be used to pay down the debt like it is suggested. so we need to see those numbers, what they planned, before any discussion is appropriate it seems to me. martha: you know, i mean, does take it from both sides. if you look at the republican side, basically they want to see cuts in spending and real entitlement reform and perhaps revenue that comes from the relief of some loopholes that are out there so that, bob corker i know has suggested maybe there be a $50,000 cap on the amount of deductions you can take in your taxes. republicans want to get there that way, not by raising any rates, correct? does that stand steady, that thought? >> i think that's a lot, where a lot of our members are. if you can simplify the tax code. make it more flat, more like a flat tax. eliminate
without concern for america's economy or standing in the world. we can't keep running trillion dollar deficits every year and throw a tantrum if someone suggests the taxpayers shouldn't keep turning every program they can dream up. let's take a look at the so-called thelma and louise democrats so he know who he's talking about. to say they are willing to go over the fiscal cliff, we have those who say they are not willing to support any reforms to entitlements. dick durbin says he would be willing to talk about it but only after a deal is struck. >> you have a difference of opinion in all political parties. i don't know many republicans who agree with mitch mcconnell. this is the guy who said his number one political goal was to get obama out of office. i think it's all positioning. you have got a bunch of democrats and mcconnell positioning themselves for negotiation. martha: tucker, what do you think? >> i think the republicans are being outnegotiated by an incredibly aggressive democratic party. they are demanding tax hikes on highest earner. an elevation in the debt limit which is
of the u.s. economy. james has the latest on the planned walmart workers strike but, first, live from chicago. steve, hour the so-called brick and mortar stores versus online retailers? >>reporter: the overall retail picture looks like this, the national federations of retailers believes there will be a 4 percent increase in holiday spending this year over last year. in terms of the brick and mortar physical stores there was a movement away from some of the these just because of the size of the crowds. some folks cannot go out and battle the crowds but we have seen a return of folks who swore off the early bird shopping. >> i was going to go online and do my shopping from there but it worked out. >>reporter: there are a lot of folks that do online shopping and that is growing. one estimate is in holiday online shopping will be up 17 percent and 4 percent overall. >>gregg: the people working the stores. any trouble finding or keeping workers there? >>reporter: they have to go weeks and months to get folks prepared. we stopped in with a target in chicago area and they have worked on hav
, that will impact the economy in a devastating way. that's why i don't think you see any republicans moving on that. jon: doug, what do you think about that? >> well the rates we're talking about raising they would go back to where they were under president clinton and during the '90s i think most people would agree we had a pretty strong economy. certainly stronger on that the one george bush and liz cheney's dad brought us. look at the end of the day, you know this is going, it will have to be balanced and to get to $4.4 trillion, that is the kind of target number that the president has put out there you can't just do it on spending cuts. i'm not sure if you can do it just on capping deductions. that is what these guys are paid big bucks for to figure out. sit at table, do the arithmetic, get a final deal. jon: we had 9/11 during the bush administration and that had huge impact on economy and wars after it. doug and ron, thank you both. we started a question about the discussion of grover norquist. he will be neil cavuto's guest on "your world" at four become eastern time. here what he has to say
and create a better economy but my democratic friends have to reform entitlements. what will make us greece is not raising taxes. what will make us greece is not fixing medicare, medicaid and social security. jon: white house press secretary jay carney says president obama will not give on extending current tax rates on wealthy americans. on entitlements carney says the president is open to changes except when it comes to social security. >> the president has long made clear that he is open to discussions about strengthening social security as part of a separate track. jon: so is the u.s. economy heading for a plunge over the fiscal cliff? with us now, associate editor and columnist for "the hill", a.b. stoddard. so what are the folks that you cover there on capitol hill, what are they saying about the prospects here? >> well, in the last 10 days it starts to sound more and more like democrats don't really have a problem with going over the slope or the cliff. they won't really admit that but it seems that they're not working so hard to stop it. you see the white house trying to tell americ
around. >> okay. >> what else do we have in news? >> we have the economy. we'll begin there now at 4 past the hour. >> we're going to keep reading the post. go ahead. >> the markets look to rebound after stocks finished relatively flat yesterday following a new warning from the central bank about the fiscal cliff. speaking to the economic club of new york, fed chair ben bernanke urged lawmakers to reach a deal to avoid the automatic spending cuts and tax increases. he said going over the fiscal cliff would pose a substantial risk to the economy. according to a new study the fiscal cliff could give 90% of americans new tax bills when the bush tax rates and some by president obama would both end. the working poor would be among the hardest hit. a tax policy center analysis showed a married couple making about $30,000 a year would on average go from receiving a $15 tax credit to owing $1400. >> wow. >> yeah. that's probably a reason to try and get something done? >> maybe we will. maybe we will. >> you would think. >> yeah. or maybe we can just talk about 2016. >> we could do that as well. h
." >> a new holiday spending bonanza. americans are feeling more confident about our economy. will lead to the great of growth, and what could set us back? >> also, an arrest in a string of murders in new york city connected to one gunman. what we are learning about the man that police in new york city say was poised to strike again. and a large bird crashes through the cockpit plane of this airport. details of the scare in the air for the pilot and passengers. it's all "happening now." >> but first, the cease-fire truce may be fragile, but it appeals to be holding. i am heather childers in for jenna lee. >> and i am rick scott in for jon scott. with egypt's president mohammed morsi, it is a big test for the new leader. steve harrigan is live in cairo. some are saying that mohammed morsi is the real winner here. you have all sides facing the same person. americans giving him high marks for his mediation, even some israeli officials praising the president. as far as the mediation goes, there were some concerns about which direction he would say, a long-term member of the muslim brotherho
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the economy. if families pay more in taxes they will spend less which will cut the gdp growth. so congress, are you feeling the pressure yet? this is the perfect example of what i like to call press release politics. let's backspin. we see this everiee. the atm tax is going to get a patch. we know we're going to see benefits given to our -- unemployment benefits given and veteran benefits gimp. it seems like this year we have a nice new fun name. i know you hate it steesh, but the fiscal cliff. we put that scary name on it as if that's going to motivate our elected officials. all i see is a press release them saying they're going to fight for us and until the end of the day they're not going to do anything until we see a nice countdown clock. >> as per zblushl but the republicans need that clock more than the democrats do, don't they? >> they do. the fact is we need to find a path way to yes and i think the sooner we do it the better it is politically to move off. >> yeah. no. i mean i was just going to say, republicans -- the problem here for republicans is they're trying to get off this
the exiclusive focus. they want to make sure the economy and global aspects of the relations aren't lost. let me bring in chief washington correspondent, john harwood. a 15-minute meeting does that equate to a photo op perhaps? >> sure, it's a photo op. obviously, relation with mexico are extremely he important. the united states is the largest trading partner of mexico. we've seen that immigrants from mexico played a critical role in american elections, and it's a good time to broaden that dialogue to economic issues. you know, the issues of immigration have faded somewhat because the rate of immigration has slowed because our economy has slowed. the drug violence and down somewhat, so it's an aus pishs time for the mexican president-elect and for president obama. he's juggling the fiscal cliff but you have to walk and chew gum at the same time at the white house. >> you have to walk and chew gum where lives are lost almost every day with this drug war that is ongoing in mexico and spilling into as we know parts of texas and other border states. >> exactly. the question is, how do you broaden o
hostage, but the economy as well. production can't continue as long as this uncertainty. >> alisyn: jonathan, they don't think that they are he' holding the american people hostage, they think they're standing on principle so when both sides think they are he' standing on principle, how are they ever going to meet in the middle by december 31st? >> well, and the president's standing on principle and standing on the wrong principle. he's standing on the principle that the rich have to pay for entitlement state. obama believes that the rich have to pay for his entitlement spending, the result of course is more redistribution, less wealth. less production and who will he blame when the time comes if the economy is weak? he'll blame the rich of course. yes, people are standing on principles and i think they are he' standing on the wrong principles, that's government spending and control creates wealth. we know it doesn't, but yet, that seems to be the direction at least many on the left want to bring us down. >> alisyn: let's say the worst happens and let's say that the fiscal cliff, w
throw the economy back into recession. two million more americans could be left out of a job and most troubling of all according to the pentagon, the country's national security would be in serious jeopardy. if congress and the white house do not act. chris stirewalt is our fox news digital politics editor p.o.w. or play on foxnews.com. they cut the deal that put the automatic spending cuts in place and these automatic tax hikes in place thinking this will never happen. they went back, said all right, now that we have it in place let's try to fix it. well they failed. there wasn't the political will to deal with it at the time they passed. there wasn't the political will at the time they tried to deal with it and it was a complete political debach kill. now you have some people saying let it happen. the let's see what happens. we may be in a better negotiating pitch if we let it happen and american people are the ones who are going to pay. >> well, megyn, these are not just rank-and-file democrats talking about this. patty murray, who is the head of the senate democrats campaign arm.
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and business morse certainty about the economy. but he wants those with incomes over $250,000 a year to pay a little more in taxes as we all know. which has been a sticking point with the gop. but now some republican lawmakers who earlier pledged to not vote for anything with a tax increase now appear ready to relink wish that pledge in order to avoid the looping fiscal crisis. >> i would be very much opposed to raising tax rates, but i do believe we can close a lot of loopholes. >> they have to go up either real tax rates or effective tax rates. there is ways of doing that. secondly, though, we've got to close significant loopholes. >> bottom line, getting back to the report, the president is asking congress it act now specs tend the tax cuts for the middle class. they say the holiday season is not a time to threaten middle class pocketbooks. back to you. >> steve: thanks very much. the white house wants all the people who voted for barak obama to flood congressmen with e-mail and also with video messages via youtube saying why we should raise taxes on the rich. >> gretchen: so it's mainly
be resolved and it puts the focus again back on what's happening in the u.s. economy. what's happening in the u.s. economy? it slowly is healing job market is starting to filter into sentiment. and the housing market is showing some notable signs of improvement. this week we're going to hear more on the housing market. manufacturing sector, also some consumer data. we're going to get some fed regional reports from the federal reserve. also going to get a gauge of gdp, gross domestic product. gdp is the broadest gauge of economic growth. prior quarter was something like 2%, not great. we think that maybe they're going to think this quarter was more like 2.8%, which would show, again, that healing in the market overall. a quick focus for you on the housing market. this is something you probably felt most directly. in part because we have record low mortgage rates. last year the 30-year fixed fell to 3.31%. the 15-year fixed, this is the popular refinancing tool, 2.63%. many of you are telling me you can't qualify. i'm telling you, these rates are going to stay low for a long time so you
and the health of the u.s. economy. >> and all that trouble in washington started last year with the debt ceiling. remember that fight? the u.s. getting very close to hitting the debt ceiling again. what's the debt ceiling? the u.s. spends between $100 to $120 billion more than it takes in every month, so it has to boor remoney to pay its bills. it will take an act of congress to legally borrow more and rack up more debt. the debt ceiling is set at $16 trillion, 394 billion. last week it stood at $16,268,000,000,000. it could hit a high by february of next year. and now home prices, the recovery in much of the country, new home sales numbers today, we learned yesterday that home prices were up nationwide by 3.6% in the third quarter. that's the biggest rise nationwide in more than two years. but look, all real estate is local. we want to show you the cities with the strongest gains in the past year. home prices in phoenix gained more than 20%. minneapolis home prices rose 9%. there are only two big cities with homes losing value. new york and chicago. they slipped a little bit year over year. wha
with. challenging events like hurricane sandy and the tough economy are among the prime reasons. >> for me personally, it was when things looked down, i look up. i think in my experience here, we see a lot of that, where people hit a low and need somewhere to turn and look and they look up and look for god or some kind of faith. >> what is really interesting about rebirths is they appear to be genuinely returning for spiritualty not just support. it's more about reconnecting with their original belief system, shannon. >> they may begin to come back for no, nostalgic reasons. there are individuals who say the like the way religion was done in my church. there's a feeling of try to reconnect with family and earlier tradition. >> there's a push by churches and synagogues and mosques to bring worshippers back. we would like to hear from fox viewers. hit us up on facebook or twitter and we'll read your stories later. a couple of examples, catholic churches are adding programs. a program called next door, door is hebrew for generation. no stats on how many rebirths say on but for pers
, it looks like. thanks so much. >>> so, was the holiday weekend, the boost that the u.s. economy needed. abc's bianna golodryga is here. >>> good morning, it's not just the thrill of finding a great deal. take a look at this. consumer spending makes up 70% of the u.s. economy and 40% of that will happen in just these two months, november and december. so how did we fare over the past two days? not too shabby. $59 million spent. the average american in the past four days spent some $423. interesting to note, though, that black friday sales were actually down nearly 28% this year compared to last year. why? well, i guess a lot of people excused themselves thursday night from thanksgiving dinner, went out to the stores shopping. overall, we're expected to see a 4.1% increase from last year. that is very good news for the u.s. economy. of course, thanksgiving came early this year. we'll see if americans continue the spreading spree up to christmas. amy? >> it's all about having more days to shop. bianna golodryga, thank you so much. >>> let's head to josh elliott with the other top stories devel
. then you go off the cliff. and that could have a strong impact on the economy meaning the white house believes there will be a political backlash against republicans if the president can blame them for going over the cliff and holding out. we'll see, there may be republicans like john boehner and eric cantor say we are not going to give in and maybe we'll go off the deliver. earlier todayers ski today -- es said there is a chance we are going over the cliff. that can rattle markets. megyn: a new piece of polling from rasmussen reports suggests that half -- suggests a growing number of americans are worried the economy will be worse off a year from now. 50% express that concern. that, 27% increase from october. just 34% think the economy will be stronger. that pop comes as one of the writers at "forbes" magazine identified a phenomenon called the death spiral states. these are 11 states where private sector workers are outnumbered by people dependent on the government. if you plan on buying a home or investing your money there you may be putting your hard-earned dollars at significant
to really put this economy on a stage that can really create some jobs and move it forward, the package has to be big and it has to be bipartisan. and if we do that, i think that the minute points of it, we can work around and we can negotiate. it's not going to be perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but we can work around and make it a package that will work for america. the bottom line, it's never going to happen as long as we're very, very partisan in this. now, the good news is, i think there's folks on both sides of the aisle that want to see a big package through and i think that that's going to happen because there's a new cue lus of people in the middle that want to see this happen and i think it will happen and be good for the country and future generations. >> you're speaking, of course, as a senator and there's been a lot of bipartisanship since the election from senators on both sides. >> oh, no. >> more than there had been. when you look at the house democrats and the house republicans, they seem as far apart as ever. does it concern you as a senator that this all may re
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a trillion dollars a year. i think the economy is sort of waiting, this deficit is like a dark cloud over everything. >> reporter: king worries, though, that nothing will get done if the senate doesn't change its ways. he wants to change the rules on filibusters which allow a minority of senators to bring the senate floor to a halt. >> that was the central core of my campaign, that we have to be thinking with about and working on making the institution work, reaching decisions, compromising. >> reporter: you're going have to be a pretty strong suspension bridge if are you going to be a bridge between those two parties. >> i like the image of a bridge. >> reporter: a bridge he hopes will bring the senates two warring sides together. chip reid, brunswick, maine. >> glor: it is one of the country's most notorious criminal conviction. a new film examines the nightmare of the central park five next. ermacare works differ. it's the only wrap with patented heat cells that penetrate deep to relax, soothe, and unlock tight muscles. for up to 16 hours of relief, try thermacare. heartburn symptoms c
and increase revenue without raising the top marginal rate. that most economists say would hurt the economy if we were to do it. >> the republicans are being confronted in the fiscal cliff negotiations about the no new taxes pledge, which of them signed. now lawmakers are pushing back. >> # $16 trillion in debt the only pledge we should make to each other is to avoid becoming brief. republicans should put revenue on the table. he agrees with grover norquist that the tax rates shouldn't be increased and says norquist is wrong capping deductions to buy down the debt. >> graham has been saying raising taxes to give politicians more money to continue spending doesn't solve any problem at all. it's not a piece of solving the problem. >> allowing tax cuts to expire generate average of $82.4 billion a year and would run the government for 8.5 days. the reality is similar to what romney laid out in the campaign. my plan is bring down rates and deductions at the same time so revenue stays in. we bring down rates to get people working. >> they are meeting with ceos, caterpillar and goldman sachs and
about the economy. he was shopping in a book store. here's the video. the president buying the books. we'll go over and show books you are getting. and okay, get out -- five minutes. and look at that. >> >> steve: funny. not true. fiscal cliff. what is the fiscal cliff. what that means right now all of the taxings for the most part are scheduled to go up and spending cuts are sposed to go in place and if that is not enough. democrats are insisting that alongg with the fiscal cliff there should be an agreement on raising the debt limit. >> brian: billionns or trillions. going to hit the ceiling. you want to know how it relate to you. it is 2000 per family and everyone making a certain amount of money. we could be heading to this. and it is not to anyone's ben benefit to go over the cliff. there is a push to how to get manage done. president of the united states is going on the campaign traill through a series of rallies. >> steve: to a tinker toy factory. >> brian: get yourself up to lincoln log jacks on the way home. >> gretchen: this is disconcerting once again. instid of members that w
bank. for more information and location that is nearest to you good to our web site. >> down economy is hitting non-profit especially hard. some of those dedicated to helping others now need a little bit of help themselves. in an event in contra costa county we learned about an organization in richmond dangerous iron triangle neighborhood. a beacon hope for the homeless and drug addict across the bay area. carolyn reports. >>reporter: walk in the door of the bay area rescue mission and you know right away this isn't your typical center serving the homeless and drug addicted. >> trying to do everything on your own is not going to work. you need god. and this place offers that. >> we have to have a new mind set. people tell you you shouldn't do it but nobody tells you why. i get to be the sounding board for the lead who have again through the same things that i have. >> 30 years ago i was a hom homeless cocaine addict myself. >>reporter: when john speak they really listen and it's not just because he went from being a successful businessman. >> at able 29 i spent 65,000 dollars a
with but deeply challenging including hurricane sandy, or life events or a tough economy and now among the prime reasons. >> for me, personally, it was when it looked down, i look up. in my experience we see a lost that, people hit a low, they need a place to turn and look and they look if god or a faith. >> what is interesting is people like him appear to be genuinely returning to spirituality not just the social support aspect but more about their original reconnecting with their belief system,. >> they come back for reasons, there areville whose say i like the way religion was done in my churches. there is a feeling of trying to reconnect with family, reconnect with early traditions. >>reporter: an interesting development is the majority push by churches and also places, including mosques trying to bring back worshipers and we would like to hear from fox views about their own return to faith on facebook or twitter. catholic churches are adding programs, and rabbis are reaching tout a program called "next door" with "door" being the word for generation. there you not statistics how long they s
. the argument is the families will spend less and it will hurt the economy. >> you can see it across housing, and services, and things like paying for cell phone, groceries, durable goods, auto purchases. evidence like this is a reason why retailers are so concerned that congress has not yet extended the middle-class tax cuts. >>reporter: and carney noted the president spoke with harry reid and speaker boehner over the weekend. everyone is anticipating another high profile white house meet this week on the fiscal cliff sources in congress say there is you not one on the schedule so far. >>shepard: over the weekend some republicans are telling grover norquist to take a hike with the "we won't raise taxes" pledge. >>reporter: the fine tuning is they are saying we are okay with close loopholes but they don't want to raise tax rates. the republicans are saying the survey done by a group calls the winston group, a republican research firm, says 65 percent of americans back tax reform and spending cuts over the raising of taxes. here is the senate republican leader on what the g.o.p. is offering.
is the economic part of this? give me how the economy is impacted by the rates as opposed to what they are saying. >> well, it's a very important question because the argument underlying the republican position is that if you increase the tax rate on the top 2% of households, you'll somehow bring the economic recovery to its knees. well, in fact, that's basically supply side trickle down economics which we've seen time and again is a complete hoax and most recently we have the congressional budget office, the nonpartisan score keeper, telling us that -- allowing those tax rates to expire just at the tippy top there would have no impact on growth next year. so they don't have that. you don't even hear them talking about that anymore. so now they have this vague notion that, yeah, we want to put revenues on the table but not through rates. it has to be through broadening the base. now, if you press them, exactly where are we going to broaden the base, guys and gals in they tell you what they are going to take off the table, not what they are going to put on. >> so they are not serious as far -- if
in the economy in recent weeks. today's dip did not bother wall street. the dow gained 107. s&p 500 up 11. nasdaq finished ahead 24. argentina may look at another big default. the fitch credit rating agency downgraded argentina five notches. the country also defaulted in 2002. meantime, the european commission has approved a plan to rescue spain's banks. it will force the closing of half their branchs. plus the elimination of thousands of jobs. greece's finance minister says a bond buy-back program must work in order to reduce the country's huge debt. failure to communicate and you are paying for it. that is later in the grapevine. up next, is the u.n. ambassador going job hunting? [ male announcer ] red lobster's hitting the streets to tell real people about our new 15 under $15 menu. oh my goodness! oh my gosh, this looks amazing! [ male announcer ] our new maine stays! 15entrees under $15, seafood, chicken and more! oothe tilapiawith roastedegetab! i'm actually looking at the wo grilled chicken with portobello wine sauce. at pork chop was great! no more fast food friday's! we're going to go to
economic growth, the economy has been very slow, too slow, and we need to do better. if we grow at 4% a year instead of 2% a year for one decade, the federal government would get $5 trillion more. that would pay down the entire debt that obama racked up in the first term, that's the way to go, not tax increases that would slow the economy. >> the reason why this is so interesting is it raises a question has to whether there are members of your party turning against you. senator chambliss is not the only one that said something like this, bill crystal said it would not kill the country to raise taxes. are you concerned that elements of the republican party are moving in a different direction? >> no, the good news, and certainly speaker boehner who was just reelected, and the leader of the republicans mick mcconnell have been very clear that they're going into this to reduce covet spending and reform government. they oppose tax hikes, 90% of americans and remembers in congress have made a written commitment to the american people, not to raise taxes. there will us be some that get aske
into an 11 billion-dollar deficit. economists economists predict it would throw the economy into chaos triggering another recession. . many to 90% of california residents would see taxes go up. >> the cliff could also endanger the future of charities. nonprofit organizations are telling washington they can't survive if their funding is slashed. congress is considering a proposal that would cut from 35 to 28% the amount wealthy americans could write off in donations. >> a 1% decline in giving to american higher education would result in a loss of $300 million a year to colleges and universities. >> they have launched a new lobby including a website asking charities to contact their members of congress. >> the turkeys that didn't go to the thanksgiving table will be dished up because of the south of market store. more than 200 of their unsold fresh turkeys were frozen and donated to saint anthony's. they provide food for homeless, seniors and the working poor. they said that the need for food is still greater than ever, not just on the holidays. >> we can use this throughout novembe
to continue to lift the economy and lay off women. they are crazy. you know, they would -- they would be happy when women are barefoot, pregnant, back home by 5:00 to cook dinner. >> well, that's not going to happen because despite what the republicans think, we won, by the way, and women were one of the loudest voices. krystal, the president's affordable care act requires employers to cover birth control for their workers. this week a federal judge denied a request for a company called hobby lobby which sells arts and crafts supplies, they wanted to exempt themselves based on religious grounds. so, the fight against obama care, the fight against women. how did they not get the memo? >> well, i think some aspects of the party, some parts of the party did get the memo. the problem is, as you were pointing out, they rely on the religious right for votes. it's a key part of their party. so, they have really driven the agenda in terms of women's issues for years now. i would point you to the state legislature, as you were looking at. if you look back in 2011, we had historic year in terms of the n
's forgotten when president barack obama took office, the economy was in freefall, it had just shrunk nine full percent of gdp, we were losing 750,000 jobs a month. are we doing better than that today? the answer is yes. >> i was thinking back to the fairy tail remark that hurt him more than obama. the guy's showmanship with the hands, the cuffs flashing, the whole way he presents his case -- >> chris -- >> very southern too. >> i wrote who needs conventions what are they for? they're for moments like that. i was on the floor for that moment one of the most memorable things i've seen live in a hall or anywhere. that was bill clinton at the summation of had is career. that was everything he had learned about showmanship, telling a story. >> i love politics. >> and how to make the case for the president. >> yeah. >> he made it so simply, so clearly, so logically that you wondered why the supposed great speech person barack obama couldn't do it the way bill clinton did, probably because the kind of case he had to make, somebody other than the president had to make. if the president himself says we
.s. economy back into a recession. both congress and the white house are trying to make a deficit reduction deal to avoid the financial chaos. and president obama's reverting to some campaign mode right now to try to make sure things are done his way. our white house correspondent dan lothian is joining us now with new information. what are you learning, dan? >> reporter: well, wolf, while senior members of the administration including secretary geithner, chief of staff jack lou also top advisor meeting with -- the president himself trying to sell his vision to the public, but some say it's not a winning strategy. it doesn't take a gps to find the way to the fiscal cliff. much more difficult, finding the off ramp. at the president's first meeting with congressional leaders more than a week ago, there was a sense of optimism. >> my hope is is that this is going to be the beginning of a fruitful process. >> reporter: there was a follow-up phone call with house speaker john boehner, but a much different approach this week. the president's calendar is packed with sales pitches to the public, wh
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